Post Race Blues

Post race blues are a very real thing that some runners deal with after completing a big race. I’ve known that for a while now. It’s mentioned a lot in books, magazines, and websites. After months of training you finally cross that finish line and revel in your accomplishment. Then, maybe a week or two, or three later running seems to lose all it’s fun and you feel pretty down in the dumps. I mean, that’s the way it’s supposed to go, right?

That’s not the case for me, however. It’s been exactly 1 month and 28 days since I completed my first half marathon (thanks countdown app for keeping track of that for me). I took the usual precautions to help stave off any kind of negative post race feelings. I did a festive 5k fun run, I was going to participate in the annual Runners World run streak, I had a plan. And like most plans, things didn’t go exactly the way I wanted. After the fun run I had to end my streak and took almost 3 weeks off of running due to an injury.

While that was no fun, I was still super proud of my accomplishment, 13.1 miles is no joke! And I was cross training, stretching, and had a plan and couldn’t wait to get back into running. And that’s basically where I am now. Getting back into running.

Of course I have a plan, haha if you couldn’t tell, I like plans. 😉 But that plan just seems like too much and not enough all at the same time. Like, looking at my scheduled and seeing a “long” run of only 4 miles is kind of depressing. I mean, towards the end of half marathon training my long runs were 10 miles. I feel like I need more than 4 measly miles! But at the same time, actually getting those miles done seems like a huge burden. I’m a super slow runner, so it would take me a while to do. Plus I’m probably always going to be a super slow runner so what’s the point? Why bother doing any kind of structured work outs or follow a training plan at all?  Maybe I should just run for my health and swear off of participating in any more races. I’m always going to end up disappointed with my times and the fact that I’m a back of the packer. But the thought of not participating in anymore events also makes me sad. Meeting other runners in that kind of situation is A LOT of fun.

Anyways, I’m not trying to throw a pity party here. I’m just feeling really torn and down and bleh about running right now. I know I’m going to keep running, participate in races, and keep striving for improvement. And maybe that just means I’m not going to have as much fun doing it right now. Running isn’t always fun, I’ve known that for a while, but I also know that it always ends up being worth it.

Have you ever suffered from post race blues? 

Did you do anything special to help move on from them?

 

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6 thoughts on “Post Race Blues

  1. Lucy

    Do you have a running buddy? I’ve heard that’s the best cure for your woes. I use a site called Smashrun that also gives me badges that help me recognize all of my little accomplishments along the way. The other day, I ran 3.1 miles for my long run, and I did it in 37:07 (I’m also a very slow runner). Smashrun pointed out that it was my fasted 5K ever! It made me feel a lot better about the little bits that I do (and I’ve yet to run more than 3.5 miles).

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    1. Ashley Dailey Post author

      My dog is my running buddy haha. But honestly, I’d rather run with him or just by myself most of the time. My GPS watch/Garmin Connect kinda does the same thing! My watch tells me when I’ve beat a PR and Garmin Connect has a whole page dedicated to PRs which is pretty exciting. 🙂

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  2. strongn0tskinny

    I completed my first 50 miler last September and hit the blues hard. You have to really cut back on running after a 50 miler and it kind of bums you out. Then I went and got myself injured attempting a 30 miler a month later, and really hit rock bottom. I’m back up again, hoping to start training for a Spring 50k. Post-race Blues is a real thing!

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  3. whostardis

    I used to be a very slow runner, now Im a very slow fast runner. It literally took me 5 years to get there and of those 5 years 4 1/2 were me just training because I had a plan not really with a purpose. i felt the same way you do now, running isnt fun but i do enjoy running a half marathon and the feeling of accomplishment that gives. when i have post race blues i either sign up for a new race, or buy some funny motivational piece of workout clothes, that always helps 🙂

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